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Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Deb Teolis, Community Member, asks

Q: benefits of femara

I had a lumpectomy in October..2.5 cm. I get annual mammos..this cancer grew fast and I was told it was due to the prempro...I immediatley went off the prempro

Lump was taken out..did not spread to the lymph nodes..had a test done on the lump at Genomics Health to determine if the cancer we was not..

I had 28 radiation treatments and was put on Femara - the side effects are aweful and the benefit is a 27 % chance of the cancer not returning.

Since the lump is gone and I am on any HRT and I had radiation, why is the femara necessary?




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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/19/10 6:23am

Hi Deb - Please read our aromatase inhibitor FAQS for specific information about how Femara works to inhibit breast cancer. Your doctor is trying to protect you from any errant cells that might have slipped into your bloodstream, or into surrounding tissue, and that weren't killed by the radiation. It's always a tough process, trying to balance benefit (lowering your chance of recurrence) with cost (awful side effects); and only you can make the choice. Be sure you understand the statistics; if your risk of recurrence was 10%, the Femara lowers it (by 27%) to about 7 1/2%; are the side effects worth that extra 2 1/2%? Your call... Good luck - PJH

Deb Teolis, Community Member
5/20/10 3:30pm

Thank you for your quick reply.. much appreciated..


PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/20/10 4:26pm

You're welcome, Deb - best of luck with your continued treatment. And stay in touch here, OK? We can help.- PJH

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By Deb Teolis, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/01/13, First Published: 05/18/10